Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher gets contract extension
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has been rewarded with a contract extension to keep him with the program through the 2022 season. The school announced the deal Tuesday, less than a year after Fisher's last contract extension.
The No. 3 Seminoles are 58-10 since Fisher replaced Bobby Bowden before the 2010 season. Florida State won the national championship last year and quarterback Jameis Winston became the third Heisman winner in school history. The team is in the midst of a school record 29-game win streak.
Details of the contract were not immediately available. His current deal pays about $4.1 million per season.
Messages left for a Florida State spokesman were not immediately returned.
''I appreciate that FSU believes in what we are doing and supports our goal of maintaining one of the best programs in the country,'' Fisher said in a statement. ''It is a privilege to coach the young men in our program. It is truly a family.
''Florida State is a very special place. ... We have improved in a number of areas over the years, and the commitment to providing the very best in academics, facilities and maturation and growth opportunities for our young men has been key to our success. I look forward to continuing to build on what we are establishing.''
The Seminoles leave for California on Friday in preparation of the College Football Playoffs semifinal game against No. 2 Oregon at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. That was the site of their 34-31 win over Auburn for the national title.
Fisher has had a school-record 18 players selected in the NFL draft the last two years and his recruiting classes annually rank among the best in the country.
''The commitment we are making to him is a reflection of the outstanding job he has done in leading our program to its current level of excellence,'' athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a statement. ''While we are delighted with the undefeated season this year and our upcoming appearance in the inaugural College Football Playoff, we began working on this new contract before the success of this past season was in full view.''
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie linebacker Telvin Smith was a senior on last year's championship team and a member of Fisher's first recruiting class. Smith said he isn't surprised by the level of success Fisher has attained.
''That's all we talked about in recruiting, changing the culture,'' Smith said. ''Bringing in great talent year after year. ... That's all we were sold in recruiting - we're going to turn the program around. We're coming to win national championships.
''If you go back and listen to what he was saying his first year coaching and recruiting, he fulfilled everything he was saying. He's a man of his word. That's one thing you've got to respect.''